Little Black Dress Guide: Everything You Need to Know

A Lady in V-neck Chiffon Dress Perfect for Office Look

There is absolutely no other item that is more timeless than little black dress, If you know there is, let us know. This is a piece that is not popular at the moment. It is trendy forever.

Every woman should have even one LBD in her closet. If you wonder why and what is so special about this dress, then scroll down to find out some interesting facts about it and how to wear it.

Sheath/Column V-neck Asymmetrical Lace Cocktail Dress With Bow(s)

What is The Little Black Dress – Past and Present

Let’s start with the basic question: What is the little black dress? It is a true fashion statement. You can find many different kinds of LBD but they are all timeless and so easy to wear. It was present long before Coco Chanel, but with her, the dress has experienced the biggest popularity.

The black dress was originally found in Victorian wardrobes as it presented a symbol of mourning. Even Queen Victoria herself wore it for 40 years when her husband Prince Albert died.

During the 1920s the dress was presented in traditional flapper style with the dropped waist. We have Gabrielle Coco Chanel to thank for the little black dress as it is today. Chanel tended to make this dress more feminine, with a straight-cut, bateau neckline, hanging loose to the middle or lower calf.

The dress was popularized by other designers as well, during the period from the ‘20s to ‘30s. Audrey Hepburn might have worn the most popular black dress made by Hubert de Givenchy in 1961 in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The rest is history.

During the ‘90s, LBD became a fashion statement. Princess Diana wore it as her revenge dress, Elizabeth Hurley debited on a red carpet in sexy and provocative Versace black dress, and Calvin Klein made their famous black slip dress.

The key feature of the LBD is that it can be both sexy and conservative. Look at it as a canvas where you can paint many different outfits. It can be part of a working wardrobe, looking professional, or it can be a perfect cocktail dress. After all, it is you who is going to make a final choice.

Little black dress style

Why Every Woman Must Have Little Black Dress

If you still need a reason to have LBD in your closet, then hear these out.

LBD is Versatile

Little black dress is a versatile piece of clothing. You can wear it to business dinners, cocktail parties, weddings, date nights, etc. The list just goes on and on. You can make it even more interesting by adding different jewelry, accessories, and shoes.

LBD is Classic

As we mentioned, a little black dress is such a classic piece. You can wear it without a doubt that you look out of style. It is simply timeless. You will look gorgeous no matter where you wear LBD – from an early work meeting to the late-night party with colleagues.

LBD is Practical

If you need a piece of clothing to get you throughout the day, then a little black dress is for you. It can easily be transferred from day to night piece, simply by adding other staples and accessories.

LBD is an Emergency Essential

We have all said even for once in life: I don’t have anything to wear. In those moments of despair, LBD can be your lifesaver. So, say goodbye to unexpected occasions, stressful digging through the wardrobe, and standing in front of a mirror.

Short Black Sheath Dresses with Tassels

LBD is Flattering

We all look different, but LBD is flattering to all body types. You can be sure that you will find a black dress that suits you perfectly. If you are not into colors, then you will be happy to know that black is kind of slimming so it complements your curves. 

How to Style Little Black Dress

You can style a little black dress in so many ways. We have found some of the best dresses for you to check out. Plus, we suggested how to wear it for diverse occasions – from casual to special.

Little Black Dress for Every Day

Little black dress is not a completely elegant piece of clothing. It can be styled for casual events as well. Daily wear can become pretty boring when you wear all the same, right? Spice it up a bit with this A-line knee-length dress with V-neck and long sleeves.

Polyester With Solid Above Knee Dress
ID: 238017

Little black dress for special occasions

Special occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, or engagement parties are perfect for showing off your little black dress outfit. No matter if you like your dress to be more provocative and sexy, like this black lace one, or you rather opt for classic A-line cut, you will look gorgeous.

Little Black Dress for The Office

LBD is great to wear to the office. Your working outfits shouldn’t be boring, but fashionable as well. This gorgeous black dress with all-over floral print is great for working-hours attire. Knee-length is more than appropriate, while half sleeves make it pleasant for indoors.

Polyester With Print Knee Length Dress
ID: 237884

Little Black Dress for Family Events

We love all family events like dinners, birthday celebrations, or holidays. If you ever wondered how to dress for those occasions, we have only one thing to say – LBD. If the affair is not too elegant, go for midi lengths and block heels. If it is a special occasion then pick something more elegant, V-neckline, and interesting fabric.

A-Line V-neck Knee-Length Chiffon Prom Dresses With Beading Sequins
ID: 230679

How to Flatter Your Body Type with LBD

This is how to wear a little black dress if you have one of the 4 basic body-shapes.

Pear-Shaped – Wide Hips and Thighs

Wear: Fit and flare cuts

This type of LBD will camouflage the lower body while enhancing the torso and small waist.

Hourglass Shaped – Small Waist, Wide Hips

Wear: Wrap dress

You need to wear this type of dress to highlight curves. It is a great cut for transitioning from day to night looks.

Polyester With Print/Ruffles Above Knee Dress

Apple Shaped – Broad Shoulders, Narrow Hips

Wear: Classy sheath dress

The sheath dress is great for balancing the broad shoulders, while also highlighting your narrow hips.

Straight Shaped – Athletic Figure

Wear: Peplum dress and others

The peplum dress is the best bet for straight shaped body types. It will give you the illusion of having fuller hips, and a narrower waist.

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